Driver Had Heroin Needle in Leg When He Nearly Hit 2 Cars, Police Say

A hypodermic needle was sticking out of the defendant's leg when he was pulled over, according to Schuylkill Township Police.

A 26-year-old Phoenixville man was arrested in the borough last month after police say they found a hypodermic needle sticking out of his leg when the man was pulled over for erratic driving.

On March 23 at 3:32 p.m., a Schuylkill Police officer was dispatched to Route 23 for a report of a green Chevy Impala that had nearly struck two separate vehicles head on, according to court documents. Police say one near miss came west of Valley Park Road and the second in the area of Moorehall Drive.

Police located and pulled the vehicle over near the intersection of 23 and Starr Street. When the officer spoke to the driver, he noticed he was sweating and his eyes were bulging, according to court documents. The officer then saw a hypodermic needle sticking out of the man’s right inner thigh, police say.

According to court documents, the officer removed the needle and searched the man. Police say the officer found empty blue wax paper packets in the man’s pockets—consistent with suspected heroin use. The officer also discovered a sunglasses case on the car's floor that contained a spoon and suspected heroin residue, police say.

The defendant was arrested and taken to Phoenixville Hospital to have blood drawn for testing. He was then transported to the Schuylkill Police station and released to a friend.

The defendant was charged with four counts of DUI, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, careless driving, and failure to keep right. He faces preliminary hearing on May 2.

A Taxpayer April 01, 2013 at 10:53 AM
He's 26 years old. No need to suppress name. As others have said, in one form or another, report ALL the facts whether good news or bad news.
John Q. Public April 01, 2013 at 11:54 AM
If you won't publish the name, why report the incident? Without a name, there's no verification it even happened.
Lynette Gray April 01, 2013 at 12:07 PM
I believe you should either publish all names (excepting minors and sexual abuse), or publish none. The selective publication makes it seem like Patch plays favorites.
Robina April 01, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Publish none of this garbage until after found guilty by the judge in court.
Laura Schwartz April 01, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Sounds like the townsfolk have their pitchforks out.
marcthepig April 01, 2013 at 01:32 PM
4 counts of DUI?
jo April 01, 2013 at 01:50 PM
I dont understand why the names are not published?????? this article is useless without a name.
larry sinister April 01, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Patch is Busch League reporting. Might as well start a gossip column. Heroin needle in inner thigh...yeah right. every good junkie knows it goes between your toes.
Gamecock fan April 01, 2013 at 05:10 PM
How can one have 4 counts of DUI? Was he driving 4 cars at once? maybe he was towing three others with his one? And I agree with all about the lack of 1) the defendants name and 2) the arresting officers name. If he is is found not guilty or guilty a follow up article should also be posted. It is called journalism 101.
hacker70 April 01, 2013 at 06:38 PM
there are 4 different subsections to the DUI charge- they always charge all 4 whether they apply or not and call them counts.
John April 01, 2013 at 06:39 PM
he seems troubled, I hope he gets the help he needs. I love Phoenixville and hope that the community can help him out.
Andrew Clauser April 01, 2013 at 07:01 PM
reminds of the time when a 26 year old drove her car through our living room in the middle of the day. True Story. She was high as a kite huffing on computer duster, passed out, and destroyed our house. If anyone who lives near chester/anderson may recall that. Well no DUI and no apology later she got away with everything. No punishment whatsoever. People that do this kind of thing are selfish and inconsiderate of others. Their names should be public and it should be known that they are nuisances to our community.
nameless citizen April 01, 2013 at 07:16 PM
High school journalism: WHO, what, where when. Go back to school.
Steve Veloski April 01, 2013 at 09:47 PM
There seem to be a lot of self-proclaiming experts who write messages here. Personally, I have questions when reading articles like this too but I wouldn't assume the writer, the police, or others are doing a poor job just because I don't understand something. And if I had expertise in these areas and thought something was incorrect, I like to think I'd find a way to improve the system rather than simply criticize people on a message board. At least one of my questions was answered right at the bottom of the article: "About this column: Police reports from Phoenixville and the surrounding area. Defendant's names are listed only when felony charges are filed."
harry finster April 02, 2013 at 12:16 AM
typical phoenixville person ,another candidate for the phoenixville wing of the chester county prison ,your going to run out of people soon
carol April 02, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Who cares does it effect you if you have time to worry about what everyone else did you need to get a life. Just keep your own nose clean!
Joe Smith April 07, 2013 at 10:59 AM
the problem wasn't his nose............it was a needle in his fucking leg
tm April 08, 2013 at 01:01 AM
It was Harry, he obviously never left
Truthz April 16, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Name isn't listed because he's gonna be a nark to get lesser time


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